I am in awe and astounded by all the developments that my son has gone through. I do think about the time when he was snuggling with me on the couch just a little thing. He was all warm and smelt wonderful.
I remember the rolling over, discovering himself in the mirror, realizing there was more to explore. How everything was wonderful and new in his eyes.
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I think about when he first learned to walk and how proud he was. He was an early walker at nine months old. When discovered how he could control those legs he began to run. He hasn’t stopped yet.
I remember him starting to talk. You could see it in his eyes. He was communicating more with us and was excited. Within a month, he was speaking full sentences.
All of those moments I will remember but I don’t mourn or feel loss over them. Looking back yes it does seem like time flew by. Really though it was just the right amount of time for him.
I read a lot of articles that talks about don’t make them grow too fast you will miss this stage. Enjoy every minute of it children grow so quickly. They are right, but I am not feeling sad that he is growing and developing. I don’t wish to go back to the early days. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
As a mother, your job is to put yourself out of a job. Teach your children to be strong, independent, thinkers and creators. You are to give them every opportunity to learn and experience life around them. I am only an observer, guide and caretaker.
Mom guilt is strong in all of us. We don’t need the added pressure that maybe we wished we can remember more. Perhaps if we slowed down and spend more time that it would have gone by slower. None of that is true.
We as mothers and fathers were always there that is why they grew so fast. They were encouraged and cared for. We taught them things and watch them experiment with learning.
So, No I will not miss any stages when they are gone. I look forward to what is to come. I embrace the changes that are happening right before my eyes. I am proud to see that little boy continuing to grow.
As parents, we are always on the front lines. It seems that things are fast, and we might miss it. Remember the important things, take lots of pictures, and write special moments down. But don’t dread on what is to come. Don’t mourn on the change. Cherish the moment and look forward to the next.
We Will Survive